Bally Technologies and American Casino & Entertainment Properties, LLC (ACEP) have announced an agreement in which Bally will provide its Internet gaming platform to the casino properties operated by ACEP.
ACEP currently runs Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Aquarius Resort and Casino, and two Arizona Charlie’s casinos and received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission just a few days ago to offer intrastate online poker to Nevada residents and tourists.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with a premier gaming operation and a globally recognized brand like the Stratosphere,” said Bally Technologies’ Vice President of Business Development John Connelly.
Bally Technologies was the first company to receive a license from Nevada gaming officials earlier this year in the categories of service provider and manufacturer of interactive gaming systems. The company is an industry leader in video machines, slots, interactive applications and server-based systems for the gambling industry.
“We are pleased to be involved in the leading edge of this emerging segment in the U.S.,” said American Casino & Entertainment Properties’ Chief Executive Officer Frank Riolo. “This partnership with Bally will allow us to establish a play-for-free poker site by the end of the year, which we plan to use to further enhance our brands and enable us to be poised to launch a real money poker site at such a time as permitted.”
Online poker is expected to be up and running in the Silver State sometime this fall with South Point Poker leading the way. Other sites should join the country’s first legal Internet poker site a few months later.